2016 Book List

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If you are new to my blog you may not know the story behind my book lists. Several years ago a friend challenged a group of us to step up our reading game. He told us that the president reads like 30 books a year. I thought to myself, “There’s no way I’m going to let the president out-read me!” So, each year I challenge myself to read no less than one book a week. 2016 was a challenging year for my reading because of multiple challenges and opportunities on the job/school front. Nevertheless, instead of looking for an excuse I found the time to do the hard work and get my reading done. Systematic and habitual reading is hands down one of the most important things I do. However, it’s not JUST about reading. It’s about sharing the knowledge with others. It’s about applying the hard truths and growing as a leader, as a man, and as a Christ-follower. Do you want to be a better leader? Read, and then do something with the words. Do you want to be a better writer? Read, and then get busy writing. My reading rhythm helps me with everything from scholarship to consulting to preaching. I’d love for you to join me on the journey in 2017!

Here’s what I read or finished reading in the last year:

January

Revolution by George Barna

Church History: An Introduction to Research, Reference Works, and Methods by James Bradley and Richard Muller

The Juvenilization of American Christianity by Thomas Bergler

Introducing Early Christianity by Laurie Guy

February

Finding Francis, Following Christ by M. Crosby

Heroic Leadership by C. Lowney

The Great Evangelical Recession: 6 Factors That Will Crash the American Church…and How to Prepare by J.S. Dickerson

Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership by Gary McIntosh and Samuel Rima

The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Posner

March

Getting the Reformation Wrong by James R. Payton Jr.

A Divine Light: The Spiritual Leadership of Jonathan Edwards by David Vaughn

Church Refugees: Sociologists Reveal Why People Are Done With Church But Not Their Faith by Josh Packard and Ashleigh Hope

Reconstructing Pastoral Theology by Andrew Purves

Come Be My Light by Mother Theresa

An Eyewitness Remembers the Century of the Holy Spirit by Vinson Synan

April

Leadership in Organizations by Gary Yukl

Organization Theory: Modern, Symbolic, and Postmodern Perspectives by Mary Jo Hatch and Ann Cunliffe

Small Groups as Complex Systems: Formation, Coordination, Development, and Adaptation by Holly Arrow and Joseph McGrath

Leadership: Theory and Practice by Peter Northouse leadership

May

Mo Meta Blues: The World According to QuestLove by Ahmir Thompson

June

Hamilton the Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

Transforming Leadership by James MacGregor Burns

Leadership by James MacGregor Burns

July

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

David and Solomon: In Search of the Bible’s Sacred Kings and the Roots of the Western Tradition by I. Finkelstein and N.A. Silberman

Sins of King David by G. Greenberg

August

Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work by Jim Timberline and Warren Bird

Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson

1 and 2 Samuel by S. Andrews and R. Berg

The So-Called Deuteronomistic History by Thomas Romer

Exploring the Texture of Texts by V.K. Robbins

The History of Israel by Martin Noth

September

The Composition of the Deuteronomistic History by Brian Peckham

The Poetics of Biblical Narrative by Meir Sternberg

1 and 2 Samuel by Joyce Baldwin

2 Samuel by A. Campbell

The Deuteronomistic History by Martin Noth

1 and 2 Samuel by Robert Gordon

October

If by Mark Batterson

November

TED Talks by Chris Anderson

Move Toward the Mess by John Hambrick

December

The Power of a Half Hour by Tommy Barnett

Zilch: How Businesses and Not-for-Profits Can Get More Bang With Less Buck by Nancy Lublin

The Bassoon King by Rainn Wilson

Great by Choice by Jim Collins and Morten Hansen

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